Back Pain

Back Pain
Pain in the back can be frustrating and it can cause enough discomfort to be debilitating. If you're suffering from lower back pain you're not alone. More than 80% of North Americans will at some time in their life suffer from the disabling confines of lower back pain. According to experts, lower back pain is the number one disability culprit in workers' compensation claims and accounts for more than $50 billion annually in the US through medical care and lost production. Dr. Matt DiLorenzo has the education and experience needed to understand your back pain symptoms and determine which part of your spine is not functioning properly. Dr. Matt at DiLorenzo Chiropractic, PC can help relieve back pain for patients in and around Leesburg, Virginia.

Back Pain FAQ's

by Matthew DiLorenzo, DC

What causes back pain?

When one or more of the spine’s vertebrae are jostled out of alignment, that referred to as a vertebral subluxation. The subluxation pinches the nerves, which become irritated and inflamed. This, in turn, may affect the surrounding soft tissue – the ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Back pain may be experienced as a constant, dull ache, or a sharp pain that only flares up when you move. It may feel like knots in the muscles or muscle spasms. It may be restricted to one location, or it may radiate down the arms or legs. Whether the pain is piercing, a burning sensation, or a dull ache, it most often begins with a subluxation. Left uncorrected, subluxations can result in degenerative damage to the spine’s structure, as well as many other health problems.

There are many factors contributing to your back pain and in combination with each other, such as vertebral subluxations, faulty spinal biomechanics, deconditioned and weak spinal musculature, improper firing patterns of spinal musculature, poor postural habits, poor diet and nutritional practices, a history of activities (work or play) generating high levels of spinal stress.  Other causes may include auto accidents, sports accidents, and workplace accidents.  These are all common reasons that people may develop back pain. Many patients also deal with chronic, lingering back pain which can be caused by natural degeneration of the spinal column due to aging, bad posture, or weight gain. Arthritis and congenital diseases such as spina bifida or scoliosis can also cause severe back pain. Stress and anxiety can also dramatically increase muscle tension and strain which in turn can lead to increasing pain.

What treatment options are used?

Proper spinal alignment is key in treating current back pain and preventing back pain in the future.

Chiropractic doctors have successfully treated low back pain for over 100 years. Through the use of natural and safe procedures, chiropractors correct the underlying problems which cause and contribute to the majority of low back pain cases.

The main treatment employed by the chiropractor is the chiropractic spinal adjustment. This noninvasive therapy consists of a gentle, manually or mechanically applied force into the segments of the spinal column. Spinal adjustments have been shown to decrease pain, increase spinal range of motion, decrease muscle spasm, reduce inflammation, optimize spinal biomechanics, and reduce the recurrence of old injuries.

The course of treatment will vary for every patient. During your first visit, a complete exam will be performed and x-rays will be taken, if necessary, to determine the cause of your pain and determine if any injuries are present. We will then develop an individualized care plan that can help relieve your pain and help you restore your health.

Can back injuries be prevented?

  1. Regular spinal checkups. Maintaining proper alignment and functioning of the lower back through periodic spinal adjustments minimizes the stresses to structures of the lower back. Also, keeping the nervous system free from interference ensures proper communication between the various structures of the lower back.
  2. Proper lifting, ergonomics & posture. Practicing proper lifting techniques and ergonomics are key in preventing lower back injury at work and preventing future recurrences of old injuries. Proper posture is a significant factor in the health of the back and proper posture should always be practiced. Techniques common to daily living and work also play a major role in the development or lack of development of low back pain. This includes proper lifting techniques, avoidance of repetitive motions, avoidance of prolonged sitting, and much more. We can teach you correct habits and techniques which will protect your back from discomfort and injury.
  3. Regular exercise. Routine physical activity keeps the heart healthy and keeps the spine and the rest of the body strong and healthy. Involve friends and family, mix up the activities, keep it fun and stay consistent!
  4. Proper diet and nutrition. Providing your body with the proper fuel increases performance, reduces the likelihood of injury and sickness, speeds recovery after injury, and keeps you feeling good. If, like the rest of us, you're finding it difficult to get all the nutrients your body needs, it's probably time to supplement.
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